Post-Op Eating

Important Note:

You can promote faster healing and reduce post-operative complications if you follow the instructions that are given to you at the office. It is normal to experience some temporary discomfort and swelling for the first 2-4 days. Your healing time will also depend on proper oral hygiene to keep the surgery site clean (i.e., rinsing and brushing after every meal). We also suggest drinking plenty of fluids daily during your recovery period. It is very important not to chew directly over the surgery site(s) and to avoid small particles foods such as poppy seeds, nuts, broccoli, strawberries, kiwi, raspberries, sesame seeds, etc., until your surgery site heals.

DAY 1 (Surgery):

  • Protein shakes (i.e., Ensure, Boost)
  • Ice Cream (no fruit chunks or other small pieces of candy)
  • Yogurt (no fruit chunks)
  • Pudding
  • Jell-O
  • Milkshakes
  • Applesauce
  • Broth soups (i.e., tomato, chicken, beef)
  • Puree baby foods
  • Carnation Instant Breakfast


DAYS 2-3:

In addition to suggestions for Day 1, you may include:

  • Cream of Wheat
  • Mashed potatoes (without skin)
  • Mashed sweet potatoes (without skin)
  • Soup with soft pasta


DAYS 4-14:

In addition to prior suggestions, you may include:

  • Pancakes
  • Bananas
  • Soft cooked carrots
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Poached eggs
  • Soft boiled eggs
  • Soft breads (without crust)
  • Creamy peanut butter & jelly sandwiches (no jam or preserves)
  • Baked potatoes with butter and/or sour cream (without skin)
  • Well-cooked pasta
  • Rice noodles or egg noodles in sauce or broth